NORTHERN ROCKIES GEOGRAPHIC AREA TOP 100 WILDFIRES
(2011-2020)
  Year Wildfire Name Kind* Disp Agency State Unit Start Date End Date Latitude Longitude Cause*** Acres Estimated Costs Structures Destroyed
1 2017 Lodgepole Complex  FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 07/20/17 08/11/17 47 19 06N 107 45 29W U 270,743 $9,800,000 31
2 2012 Ash Creek FSPC MCC BIA MT NCA 06/25/12 07/10/12 45 40 07N 106 28 09W L 249,562 $7,500,000 39
3 2012 Rosebud Creek Complex FSPC MCC MTS MT EAS 08/01/12 08/16/12 46 09 41N 106 12 40W L 171,444 $9,000,000 10
4 2017 Rice Ridge  CON/MON/
FSPC
MDC USFS MT LNF 07/24/17 10/17/17 47 16 05N 113 29 07W L 160,187 $49,251,000 1
5 2017 Sartin Draw FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 08/30/17 09/05/17 45 44 19N 106 00 32W L 99,735 $1,500,000 0
6 2015 Selway/Elk City/Red River Complex  MON/CON/
PZP/FSPC
GVC USFS ID NCF 08/17/15 10/29/15 46 06 19N 115 02 24W L 94,921 $16,000,000 6
7 2012 Sarpy Hills Complex  FSPC BDC BIA MT CRA 07/31/12 08/09/12 45 44 47N 107 10 01W L 82,000 $4,120,000 16
8 2012 Southeast MT Complex  FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 07/03/12 07/11/12 45 53 12N 106 37 51W L 75,501 $5,105,000 0
9 2015 Bear Creek  CON/PZP/
FSPC
KIC USFS MT FNF 08/12/15 10/29/15 47 50 50N 113 35 21W L 69,435 $3,300,000 2
10 2015 Clearwater/Municipal Complex  FSPC GVC USFS ID NCF 08/10/15 09/09/15 46 13 22N 116 08 00W L 68,127 $25,175,905 118
11 2012 Powell SBW Complex  PZP GVC USFS ID CWF 07/29/12 10/26/12 46 22 35 N 114 56 33W L 67,611 $4,882,375 0
12 2014 Big Cougar FSPC GVC IDS ID CMS 08/02/14 08/14/14 45 59 33N 116 49 51W L 65,227 $4,500,000 9
13 2017 Meyers  FSPC DDC USFS MT BDF 07/14/17 11/02/17 45 59 43N 113 34 47W L 62,034 $32,800,000 1
14 2017 Lolo Peak FSPC/MON MDC USFS MT LNF 07/15/17 10/06/17 46 40 26N 114 16 05W L 53,902 $48,500,000 10
15 2015 Family Peak Complex  MON/PZP/ FSPC GDC USFS MT LCF 08/13/15 10/22/15 48 10 18N 113 03 23W L 53,890 $4,205,000 0
16 2011 Diamond Complex  FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 08/22/11 09/03/11 45 10 11N 106 10 59W L 52,710 $4,982,582 0
17 2020 Sarpy FSPC BDC BIA MT CRA 09/02/20 09/10/20 45 42 59N 107 03 22W U 52,010 $950,000 0
18 2012 Sheep FSPC GVC USFS ID NPF 09/06/12 11/06/12 45 32 03N 116 17 59W H 48,626 $18,000,000 4
19 2020 Huff FSPC MCC CNTY MT LG50 09/02/20 09/06/20 47 22 47N 106 54 55W H 46,892 $50,000 24
20 2016 Maple MON/CON/
PZP
BZC NPS WY YNP 08/08/16 10/31/16 44 44 35N 110 58 41W L 45,516 $6,267,928 0
21 2017 Brush Flat  FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 08/31/17 09/05/17 45 07 22N 106 35 09W L 45,000 $400,000 0
22 2017 Sapphire Complex FSPC/PZP/
CON/MON
MDC USFS MT LNF 07/24/17 10/04/17 46 33 46N 113 38 03W U 43,733 $35,406,736 21
23 2012 McGuire Complex  FSPC GVC USFS ID NPF 08/27/12 10/29/12 45 35 50N 115 33 50W L 43,621 $24,741,628 0
24 2013 Gold Pan Complex  PZP BRC USFS MT BRF 07/16/13 10/03/13 45 39 25N 114 46 47W L 43,429 $11,860,878 0
25 2017 Powerline  FSPC GVC IDS ID CMS 07/15/17 07/28/17 46 02 08N 116 43 03W L 42,558 $2,958,255 0
26 2017 Highway 200 Complex CON MDC USFS MT LNF 09/01/17 10/06/17 47 34 30N 115 17 05W L 42,442 $12,500,000 0
27 2012 Delphia FSPC BDC MTS MT SOS 08/24/12 08/31/12 46 29 35N 108 12 55W L 40,653 $2,450,000 21
28 2020 Snider FSPC MCC CNTY MT LG29 09/02/20 09/07/20 45 54 19N 106 19 02W U 34,446 $1,330,000 0
29 2012 Welder FSPC GDC BIA MT FBA 09/14/12 09/19/12 49 19 23N 108 38 59W H 33,318 $225,000 0
30 2017 Tongue River Complex  FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 07/09/17 07/15/17 45 18 06N 106 31 59W U 32,965 $26,500,000 0
31 2020 BobCat FSPC BDC CNTY MT LG23 09/02/20 09/14/20 46 18 16N 108 23 35W U 30,030 $5,660,000 48
32 2017 Alice Creek CON/   FSPC HDC USFS MT HLF 07/22/17 10/10/17 47 09 11N 112 27 22W L 29,252 $13,240,970 4
33 2017 Liberty FSPC/CON MDC BIA MT FHA 07/15/17 09/28/17 47 08 19N 113 46 47W L 28,694 $20,600,000 1
34 2016 Copper King FSPC/MON MDC USFS MT LNF 07/31/16 10/14/16 47 36 01N 115 11 05W U 28,553 $26,467,287 0
35 2017 Hanover FSPC/CON/
PZP/MON
GVC USFS ID NCF 08/01/17 09/21/17 45 32 54N 115 56 59W L 26,857 $15,000,000 0
36 2015 Motorway Complex  MON GVC USFS ID NCF 08/14/15 10/19/15 46 25 21N 115 36 06W L 26,691 $16,351,732 0
37 2017 Sunrise CON/PZP/
FSPC
MDC USFS MT LNF 07/16/17 10/19/17 47 02 12N 114 52 44W L 26,310 $31,700,000 0
38 2012 Elbow Pass Complex FSPC GDC USFS MT LCF 07/12/12 10/04/12 47 24 33N 112 52 08W L 26,128 $4,130,000 0
39 2015 Grizzly Complex  PZP/FSPC CDC USFS ID IPF 08/16/15 11/05/15 47 46 42N 116 06 40W L 25,584 $5,700,000 0
40 2012 Porcupine Complex  PZP GVC USFS ID NPF 08/09/12 10/18/12 45 41 53N 115 04 52W L 24,562 $452,910 0
41 2011 Black Springs Complex FSPC BDC BIA MT NCA 08/22/11 09/01/11 45 40 55N 106 53 12W L 24,038 $2,150,000 0
42 2012 Dahl FSPC BDC MTS MT SOS 06/26/12 07/06/12 46 16 44N 108 39 59W L 22,045 $3,500,000 223
43 2017 Caribou  CON/FSPC KDC USFS MT KNF 08/11/17 11/02/17 48 58 23N 115 26 28W L 21,992 $11,730,000 40
44 2015 Thompson Divide Complex  CON/PZP/FSPC KIC NPS MT GNP 08/17/15 10/30/15 48 29 39N 113 58 50W L 21,968 $7,242,945 0
45 2017 East Fork FSPC GDC BIA MT RBA 08/27/17 09/15/17 48 10 12N 109 37 20W H 21,896 $4,100,000 5
46 2015 Trail Creek  PZP/CON KIC USFS MT FNF 08/12/15 10/29/15 47 56 48N  113 25 45W L 21,566 $550,000 0
47 2017 Scalp MON/CON/ PZP KIC USFS MT FNF 08/15/17 10/05/17 47 57 24N 113 04 17W L 20,810 $85,000 0
48 2015 Wilderness Complex  MON/CON/ PZP GVC USFS ID NCF 08/21/15 11/05/15 46 12 03N 114 54 22W L 20,695 $283,500 0
49 2017 Moose Creek 1  PZP GVC USFS ID NCF 07/14/17 10/19/17 46 07 19N 114 54 47W L 20,221 $500,000 0
50 2017 West Fork PZP/FSPC KDC USFS MT KNF 08/30/17 11/02/17 48 30 28N 115 38 56W L 20,072 $9,250,000 0
51 2012 Dutch FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 09/10/12 09/12/12 45 09 54N 105 52 59W L 19,584 $170,000 0
52 2017 Strawberry MON/CON/
PZP/FSPC
KIC USFS MT FNF 08/25/17 10/18/17 48 05 21N 113 00 54W L 18,019 $1,500,000 0
53 2017 Park Creek  FSPC/PZP/CON HDC USFS MT HLF 07/14/17 10/10/17 47 01 15N 112 41 26W U 18,000 $20,050,123 0
54 2016 Tatanka Complex  MON BZC NPS WY YNP 08/15/16 10/31/16 44 58 13N 110 20 18W L 17,529 $2,944,252 0
55 2017 Tidwell FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 08/30/17 09/04/17 45 02 32N 106 19 30W L 17,160 $100,000 0
56 2017 Sprague MON/CON
/PZP
KIC NPS MT GNP 08/10/17 11/16/17 48 36 26N 113 49 43W L 16,982 $7,150,000 1
57 2020 Rice FSPC MCC CNTY MT LG29 09/02/20 09/07/20 45 41 06N 106 16 07W U 16,371 $500,000 0
58 2014 Johnson Bar FSPC GVC USFS ID NCF 08/03/14 11/03/14 46 05 12N 115 33 41W L 16,278 $13,300,000 0
59 2011 Saddle-Bitterroot Branch PZP BRC USFS MT BRF 08/23/11 10/11/11 45 33 00N 114 27 00W L 15,866 $4,566,287 0
60 2012 Pettibone PZP GVC USFS ID NPF 07/28/12 10/25/12 46 03 39N 114 43 59W L 15,569 $12,000 0
61 2012 Bear Trap 2 FSPC DDC USFS MT BDF 06/25/12 07/01/12 45 36 47N 111 33 18W H 15,270 $1,230,217 3
62 2011 Forty One Complex  PZP BRC USFS MT BRF 08/28/11 10/25/11 46 13 20N 113 56 30W L 15,147 $5,922,000 0
63 2017 Lone Pine  MON GVC USFS ID NCF 07/14/17 10/04/17 46 05 01N 115 02 11W L 14,859 $40,000 0
64 2018 Howe Ridge FSPC KIC NPS MT GNP 08/11/18 10/29/18 48 38 34N 113 54 59W L 14,522 $14,800,000 27
65 2015 Sheep Draw FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 03/28/15 04/03/15 45 23 28N 103 55 17W U 13,949 $450,000 4
66 2017 Moose Peak CON/FSPC KDC USFS MT KNF 08/30/17 11/02/17 47 53 46N 115 18 33W L 13,903 $7,100,000 0
67 2015 West Fork Fish Creek PZP MDC USFS MT LNF 08/14/15 11/04/15 46 52 22N 114 50 58W L 13,500 $5,100,000 3
68 2017 Gibralter Ridge FSPC/PZP KDC USFS MT KNF 08/07/17 11/02/17 48 51 26N 114 51 26W L 12,938 $9,720,000 0
69 2013 Red Shale PZP GDC USFS MT LCF 07/18/15 09/26/13 47 48 14N 113 00 34W L 12,379 $1,080,000 0
70 2017 Hidden MON/CON/PZP GVC USFS ID NCF 07/10/17 10/19/17 46 22 52N 114 30 32W L 12,261 $85,000 0
71 2020 Bear Creek MON/CON/PZP DDC USFS MT BDF 08/11/20 10/29/20 44 51 28N 113 26 13W L 12,150 $11,500,000 0
72 2012 Ditch PZP GVC USFS ID NPF 07/28/12 10/25/12 45 58 39N 114 52 44W L 12,000 $160,000 0
73 2012 Wye FSPC GDC BIA MT BFA 01/04/12 01/18/12 48 31 50N 112 57 47W H 12,000 $500,000 26
74 2013 Miner Paradise  CON BZC USFS MT GNF 08/16/13 09/18/13 45 28 50N 110 53 43W L 11,960 $9,179,874 0
75 2013 Druid Complex PZP BZC NPS WY YNP 08/06/13 10/03/13 44 54 17N 110 11 02W L 11,935 $3,108,577 0
76 2012 Wolf Creek FSPC LEC BLM MT LED 07/24/12 07/30/12 47 30 00N 103 13 00W L 11,887 $571,709 0
77 2020 Buffalo FSPC MCC CNTY MT LG09 07/22/20 07/25/20 45 02 48N 105 44 07W N 11,648 $550,000 0
78 2015 Goat Rock Complex  MON/PZP KDC USFS MT KNF 08/20/15 11/12/15 48 18 06N 115 42 03W L 11,331 $4,741,510 0
79 2019 Ridgetop FSPC LEC CNTY MT LG55 08/01/19 08/07/19 47 30 05N 108 13 30W L 11,128 $810,000 0
80 2017 Crucifixion Creek CON/PZP GDC USFS MT HLF 08/11/17 10/05/17 48 10 12N 113 05 40W L 11,008 $607,612 0
81 2012 Ester Lake FSPC LEC BLM MT LED 08/24/12 08/25/12 48 04 00N 108 16 00W NA 10,925 $45,000 0
82 2013 Lolo Creek Complex FSPC MDC MTS MT SWS 08/18/13 09/25/13 46 46 20N 114 15 04W L  10,902 $13,000,000 9
83 2013 Pautre FSPC NDC USFS ND DPF 04/03/13 04/06/13 45 52 54N 102 32 53W H 10,800 $371,000 1
84 2020 Gass Flats FSPC BDC CNTY MT LG33 09/22/20 09/28/20 45 59 33N 107 16 46W L 10,744 $850,000 0
85 2020 Shissler CON/PZP GVC USFS ID NCF 08/17/20 11/06/20 45 45 37N 115 11 34W L 10,686 $3,800,000 0
86 2012 Dugan FSPC MCC BLM MT MCD 09/14/12 09/19/12 45 50 12N 104 34 18W U 10,678 $788,522 13
87 2017 July FSPC LEC BLM MT LED 07/03/17 07/19/17 47 54 30N 108 32 53W U 10,542 $6,200,000 5
88 2012 Millie FSPC BZC USFS MT GNF 08/28/12 11/01/12 45 24 02N 111 0612W L 10,515 $10,562,000 0
89 2012 Highway 13/20 FSPC BDC BIA MT FPA 09/11/12 09/15/12 48 23 05N 105 24 55W H 10,500 $80,000 0
90 2015 Lochsa South Complex  MON GVC USFS ID NCF 08/15/15 10/22/15 46 20 21N 115 09 57W L 10,006 $62,500 0
91 2012 Wells CON LEC FWS MT CMR 07/31/12 08/06/12 47 30 59N 107 53 21W L 10,000 $57,000 0
92 2020 Oil FSPC MCC CNTY MT LG29 09/02/20 09/04/20 46 44 27N 107 41 05W H 10,000 $5,000 0
93 2011 East Fork MCC GVC USFS ID NPF 08/05/11 10/06/11 45 50 05N 115 01 48W L 9,990 $545,000 0
94 2012 West Garceau FSPC MDC BIA MT FHA 08/13/12 08/24/12 47 42 10N 114 29 38W H 9,863 $3,700,000 0
95 2015 Moose Ridge  MON/CON/PZP GDC USFS MT LCF 08/14/15 11/05/15 47 44 18N 112 57 23W L 9,863 $255,000 0
96 2015 Jay Pt/Boulder  PZP/FSPC GVC USFS ID NCF 08/17/15 10/30/15 46 29 55N 114 45 27W L 9,744 $2,002,000 1
97 2012 Little Swallow FSPC NDC BIA ND FBA 09/19/12 09/23/12 47 35 26N 102 40 29W H 9,500 $55,000 0
98 2018 Goldstone FSPC DDC USFS MT BDF 08/02/18 11/01/18 45 07 23N 113 32 49W L 9,360 $7,000,000 0
99 2015 Napolean 1  PZP KDC USFS MT KNF 08/13/15 10/29/15 48 06 25N 115 50 52W L 8,967 $1,095,170 0
100 2012 Pine Creek FSPC BZC MTS MT CES 08/29/12 11/19/12 45 29 49N 110 34 00W H 8,815 $5,814,294 13
* = Kind             ** = End Date    
                (i.e. Contain, Control, Out or Final ICS-209 submitted)
  WF= Wildland Fire           *** = CAUSES      
  WFF= Wildfire - Full Suppression Strategy         H= Human Caused    
  WFP= Wildfire - Point/Zone Protection Strategy       L= Lightning Caused    
  WFC= Wildfire - Confine/Contain Strategy         U= Under Investigation    
  WFU= Wildland Fire Use           NA= Non-applicable (coal-seam, etc.)  
  FSPC = Full Suppression Strategy (Perimeter Control)      
  PZP = Point or Zone Protection Strategy (Limited Perimeter Control)  
  MCC = Monitor/Confine/Contain Strategy (Resource Benefit)